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Recognizing Levels of Trance

Recognizing Levels of Trance
To ensure that the client has the most successful hypnotic experi-
ence, it is important that you continually recognize what level of
hypnosis the client has reached. Recognizing levels will enable
you to utilize what is happening, and to anticipate and head off
possible reactions of distress.
Early in my practice, I was doing a Parts Integration (an NLP tech-
nique used to resolve Conscious/Unconscious conflicts) with a
client who happened to be in a profoundly deep trance. As my
client was having a very deep discussion with parts of her
Unconscious, she found she was almost unable to move. I had
missed the physiological signs of her shift into a deeper trance
level. If I had noticed the level, I could have applied utilization and
said, “You may notice that you are in a deep, deep trance, and do
not want to move. This will probably amuse and delight you.”
Instead the client noticed on her own that she could not move, and
this greatly distressed her.
Noticing signs of the level of trance will enable you to guide the
client smoothly to a satisfying outcome. Not recognizing the level
of trance could result in the client thinking in panic, “Oh no, I am
totally relaxed and I can’t move. What happens if I never become
unrelaxed?” There is no need for them to feel this distress in

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